Monday, 29 July 2013

Bright Sunshiny Day


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Ode to Sunshine".  The British
coastline is dotted with little wooden huts painted in pastel colours that we call beach huts and I took those as my inspiration this week.  They were mostly constructed during Victorian times and families would use them as a base for their days on the beach, using them to change their clothes, brew a cup of tea and (more often than not) shelter in during a rain storm.

I started with the Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home stamp set, stamping, cutting and colouring a host of the small houses with Promarkers.  I had to experiment with the sun to get it just how I wanted it.  I started out by covering some card with tissue tape, cutting out the parts of the sun and then colouring them with Promarkers.  Unfortunately, the alcohol in the Promarker ink removed the design from the tissue tape, so back to square one.  Second time, I coloured the card with Promarkers, covered it with tissue tape (the colour shows through the tape) and then cut out the parts of the sun.  Success! :)

For the sky, I heavily inked my manilla tag with Salty Ocean distress ink and then added detail with the dotty stamp from the Psychedelic Grunge stamp set.  I spritzed it with water and then stamped it on the tag, leaving it to sit for a second before dabbing off the water with kitchen paper and drying with a heat gun.  All that was left to do was to assemble it all together and it was a welcome glimpse of sunshine on what was (at the time) a grey and chilly day!  (How we'd love one of those in the UK right now, we're melting!).

Supplies I used included:

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15 comments :

overo said...

Great , I like it !
lg Heike

Redanne said...

Hi Dan, saw this over at SS and just had to come over and say how brilliant it is. It is just so evocative of our British summer - I love it!

Dorothy said...

Wow Dan! this looks so cool!!

Anna-Karin said...

A very clever and summery tag Dan! Love all those beach huts and the sun is just fabulous.

Candy C said...

Dan...your summery tag is just awesome. I really love how you have used the Darkroom Door stamp to create a little village of beautifully colored beach huts. I love your sun, too! Hugs, Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I love the wooden huts Dan and your sun is fantastic. Wonderful blend of colours too. Great sunshine tag. Tracy x

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a beautiful summer tag, Dan. The colors and images are just fabulous! Love this project. :)

MichelleZ said...

Dan, you did it again! You used rich colors and bold graphics to create a wonderfully creative piece. Love it!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Wow! Dan I absolutely adore your use of color & texture on this piece!!


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Marjie Kemper said...

Love your village and the sun is awesome!

Cheryl said...

Your tag is fabulous! I never thought about the ink coming off tissue tape with markers--nice to know! And, your sun turned out beautifully!

butterfly said...

Love that fabulous texty sun, and the beach huts are so cute.
Alison x

Julian said...

This is such a gorgeous piece. The British Summer is not something I am familiar with, but I have seen those beach huts during winter and have always wanted to spend a day at the beach in England (with appropriate weather, of course!). I love how this piece evokes such a specific vision of the summer.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Sensational tag Dan!!! The tissue tape sun is brilliant. I have got to try that. I just love the overall graphic feel of this tag. Great impact. -- Mary Elizabeth

Maura said...

So cool! I really like your graphic design with this, and it is a neat story too...I can picture being at the beach there.

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